Identifying Planets

This graphic illustrates how a star can magnify and brighten the light of a background star when it passes in front of the distant star. If the foreground star has planets, then the planets may also magnify the light of the background star, but for a much shorter period of time than their host star. Astronomers use this method, called gravitational microlensing, to identify planets.

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NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1527a
Type:Artwork
Release date:3 August 2015, 09:20
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:OGLE-2005-BLG-169Lb
Type:Unspecified : Planet
Distance:9000 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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